SPX Soccer

St. Thomas High School soccer player Pablo Tager, left, shoots for the goal during a Jan. 22 game between St Pius X. (Photo by Wayne Donnelly)

As they reach the middle of the 2021 campaign, several of the area’s high school soccer teams are proving once again they are forces to be reckoned with in the private-school ranks.

The St. Thomas boys team improved to 11-6-1 with a 6-1 victory over Concordia Lutheran on Monday. Pablo Tager and Santiago Labarthe each had two goals as the Eagles snapped a two-game losing streak ahead of Tuesday night’s district game against The Village School.

Meanwhile, the Lutheran High North Lions defeated Northland Christian 4-2 on Monday night to clinch a district championship.

St. Pius X fell to Monsignor Kelly on Feb. 2, before losing to The Village School on penalty kicks a day later. However, the Panthers rebounded to beat Concordia Lutheran 3-2 on senior night Feb. 5, improving to 4-6-2 on the season.

In public school action, the Heights Bulldogs shut out Westbury 3-0 on Feb. 3 for their third consecutive victory. Esdras Hernandez found the back of the net twice for the Bulldogs (5-1), while Carlos Tamayo added a goal of his own as Heights got its fourth shutout of the season.

Waltrip dropped both matches last week, losing 4-2 to Sharpstown on Feb. 3 and then falling in a Feb. 6 match against Milby on penalty kicks. That left the Rams at 2-4-1 overall and 2-2 in District 23-5A.

Girls

Coming off last year’s 13-3 season and subsequent playoff appearance, the St. Pius X Lady Panthers are proving to be one of TAPPS Division I, District 4’s premier teams once again.

SPX  beat The Village School 4-0 on Feb.4 and Monsignor Kelly 4-0 on Monday to run its winning streak to three games.

The Lady Panthers are now 14-2 on the season.

On the public school side, the Scarborough Lady Spartans have won four consecutive matches – including two by forfeit – and are 4-1 on the season. Following a forfeit win against Wheatley on Feb. 2, the Lady Spartans defeated Furr 3-1 in overtime Feb. 5. Leading goal scorers Katherine Alvarado and Imelda Loredo (five goals each) both put one home against Furr, as did Kemberlin Mazariegos.

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